The BBC has revealed plans to spend more than two million pounds to promote ethnic minority talent at the corporation but in true British bureaucratic tradition, a new ‘diversity committee’ will be established to debate how best to go about spending the earmarked funds.
The Corporation’s Director General Tony Hall said the “Diversity Creative Talent Fund” would help create a series of development programmes specifically aimed at developing ethnic minority talent both on and off camera.
Mr Hall said he wanted to see ethnic minorities account for 15% of air talent in the next three years and 15% of senior staff by 2020.
BBC Local radio and TV heads would also be given recruitment targets in cities with large immigrant populations like London and Leicester.
The Diversity Committee will include actor and comedian Lenny Henry, who recently slammed the BBC for its inability to encourage minority TV and radio talent, as well as former footballer Jason Roberts and Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.